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One of the biggest natural harbors on the west coast of the United States, the stunning San Diego Bay has a rich history, as well as amazing natural resources. With pleasant weather throughout the year, and a large variety of fish you can go after, a San Diego Bay fishing adventure is something you need to experience to believe. It promises a trip that’s sure to stay in your memory for a long time.

The sheer size of San Diego Bay means there’s a lot to explore. And there are so many species of fish that call these waters home that you’ll find going after them a joy. The inshore waters are brimming with Calico and Sand Bass, Rockfish, Halibut, and White Seabass. Yellowtail Amberjack, Tuna, Marlin, and Mahi Mahi are all in the cards offshore.

When it comes to choosing the right trip, you’ll find a variety of options on offer here. Looking for an inshore family adventure? Go with a half day trip and get familiar with the area while making some great memories. If you’re up for a bigger challenge, consider booking a full day or an extended full day trip and go battle some offshore monsters.

Where can you find a charter? Well, you’ll find them dotted around the bay, just head down to the water. The city of San Diego offers up a large number of vessels you can board, as well as the smaller towns of Chula Vista and National City.

Rules & Regulations

When it comes to fishing regulations, you’ll need to get a California fishing license. Everyone over the age of 16 needs one, regardless of whether you’re heading out with a charter or on your own. A lot of species are heavily regulated in California, so going out with a reputable captain is the best way to ensure you’re fishing within the law.

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January

This is the coldest month of the year, and it’s all about Sculpin, Bass, and Halibut. You’ll find that a January adventure is just as fun as a summer one, just less crowded.

February

February can get pretty windy, and the waters can get choppy. When conditions are good, however, fishing for Sand Bass, Halibut, and Yellowtail is very good.

March

The weather slowly gets better in March, so it’s a great time to head out and explore the flats. You’ll get the chance to hook into Sand Bass and Halibut, as well as prized Calico Bass.

April

Fishing for Sand Bass is all the rage in April, with temperatures getting higher during spring. If you’re looking for more action, Calico Bass, White Seabass, and Yellowtail are biting hot.

May

The fishing starts really heating up as summer slowly approaches, with Bass biting inshore. Head out to the deeper waters and you’ll be targeting Bigeye and Bluefin Tuna, as well as Pacific Albacore.

June

The high season is here, and the fishing gets hot. There are charters running daily trips to the offshore waters if you’re looking to target Tuna, Albacore, Yellowtail, or Mahi Mahi.

July

With the nice weather and higher temperatures, going fishing in San Diego Bay in summer is a real joy. You can head out and target those big game fish like Tuna, Mahi Mahi, and Yellowtail.

August

As the waters become warm, a variety of fish species come flocking to the waters around San Diego Bay. Mahi Mahi and Yellowtail can still be caught offshore, as well as prized Albacore.

September

Fall brings with it a variety of fishing opportunities in the bay. Halibut and Rockfish are back in the cards, with Marlin, Tuna, and Albacore being caught close to shore when the waters are warm.

October

There’s one species to go after in October, and it’s trophy Yellowtail! This is the best time of the year to go after this mighty creature. Closer to shore, you’ll find Rockfish and Halibut.

November

While those fish that prefer warmer waters have already left by now, there’s still a variety of species you can go after. In November, you’ll get the chance to target Yellowtail, Rockfish, and Halibut.

December

If you’re looking for an action-packed adventure, most charter boats run long-range trips in December. Closer to shore, you’ll still get to go after Rockfish, Halibut, and Calico Bass.

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ErinAnne II
Phil L. fished with San Diego Fishing Company – 38' on February 15, 2020
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Chris will put you on the fish. Wow what a Great trip. The ErinAnne II is tip-top, the gear is all first rate. The crew was awesome, doing everything they could to make sure we had everything we needed for a fantastic day. We’re already planning our next trip!
Thanksgiving
Lance S. fished with The Long Run Sportfishing on November 26, 2019
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The fishing boats depart promptly at their scheduled hour. Be EARLY or ON TIME for the trip.
6 hours with captain Ross and deck hand Sam.
Michael A. fished with The Long Run Sportfishing on September 27, 2019
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The Long Run woth Captain Ross and Deck Hand Sam.
Great time
Kim S. fished with San Diego Fishing Company – 24' on July 6, 2019
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If you think you may get sea sick take the dramamine the night before and the morning of.
Half Day PM Trip with Risen Tide
Kevin G. fished with Risen Tide Sportfishing on June 16, 2019
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There are a lot of options to choose from something for everyone. Check out all the sites and compare.
Half Day trip with Captain Mike
Shannon F. fished with The Long Run Sportfishing on June 1, 2019
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Off-shore fishing. The Longrun Sportsfishing for Blue Fin.
Great first San Diego fishing experience!
Bryan H. fished with The Long Run Sportfishing on May 29, 2019
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First time for us so really don't have any advice other than charter with someone who fishes for a living and knows the spots!
Does charter on the sea
Joseph C. fished with The Long Run Sportfishing on May 26, 2019
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Get ready to have fun. Lots of excitement.

FAQs about Fishing Charters in San Diego Bay

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in San Diego Bay costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $753, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,474. These prices are based on trips booked on our site recently.

Prices will vary depending on trip length, fishing technique, as well as the type and size of the boat you booked. However, to give you an indication, the average boat size in San Diego Bay is 34 ft and the most common vessel type is a Offshore sport fishing.

According to customer reviews, Risen Tide Sportfishing, Bubba Jean Sportfishing, and San Diego Charters are some of the most popular fishing charters in San Diego Bay. Full list of top fishing charters in San Diego Bay.

Risen Tide Sportfishing, Bubba Jean Sportfishing, and San Diego Charters all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in San Diego Bay.

The best way to experience fishing in San Diego Bay is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in San Diego Bay.

The most popular fish species you can target are Dolphin (Mahi Mahi), Tuna (Bluefin), and Halibut. Top fishing techniques include deep sea fishing, bottom fishing, and heavy tackle. Offshore fishing, inshore fishing, and nearshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

There’s one species to go after in October, and it’s trophy Yellowtail! This is the best time of the year to go after this mighty creature. Closer to shore, you’ll find Rockfish and Halibut. Check availability for local fishing charters in San Diego Bay.